ESPN released the teams with the correct recruiting metric to make a push for the College Football Playoffs next season — and Tennessee was a surprising team on the list.
WMNL’s Josh Ward breaks down in great detail why this is a silly metric on the SEC Country Tennessee podcast.
The metric takes a look back at past recruiting classes and takes the overall average. If the average finish is in the Top 10, or just outside, then the team has a chance to be in the playoffs.
Tennessee has a 14.75 average finish, which landed it on the list.
Ward explains the average is boosted by the 2015 class. The Vols landed 18 4-stars in the recruiting cycle.
Few of the prospects actually panned out, though, which makes the metric fairly worthless.
Defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie and wide receiver Preston Williams were the highest- rated signees in the class. McKenzie declared he was forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft after three disappointing seasons. Williams transferred to Colorado State.
Ward also discusses the basketball game Tuesday night against South Carolina. The Vols look to get back on track after the disappointing loss at Alabama on Saturday.